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Islands to plug green energy

IRELAND could soon be importing green energy from Scotland in an ambitious revenue-raising scheme.

The Scottish executive has funded a feasibility study of linking Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles to a subsea power network. The project could see power generated from the islands through wind and wave power being transported through underwater cables.

It is hoped the scheme, which could be up and running within five years, will transform the Northern and Western isles into Europe’s green energy powerhouse and bring huge economic benefits.

The study, being carried out by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, will explore the viability of harnessing renewable energy on the islands and transferring it to the republic, Northern Ireland, Scandinavia, or around Britain.

For the past quarter of a century the oil and gas produced around the UK’s most northern outpost has been a highly lucrative lifeline for the islands’ 22,000 inhabitants.

Now the island authority is keen to take advantage of the renewables revolution. Council-controlled Viking Energy and Scottish and Southern Energy are developing plans to erect 200 wind turbines, with a total output of 600 megawatts, on Shetland’s Lang Kames.

“An electricity grid connection to Shetland is being taken very seriously at the highest level,” said Aaron... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Scottish executive has funded a feasibility study of linking Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles to a subsea power network. The project could see power generated from the islands through wind and wave power being transported through underwater cables.
 
It is hoped the scheme, which could be up and running within five years, will transform the Northern and Western isles into Europe’s green energy powerhouse and bring huge economic benefits.
 
The study, being carried out by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, will explore the viability of harnessing renewable energy on the islands and transferring it to the republic, Northern Ireland, Scandinavia, or around Britain.
 
For the past quarter of a century the oil and gas produced around the UK’s most northern outpost has been a highly lucrative lifeline for the islands’ 22,000 inhabitants.
 
Now the island authority is keen to take advantage of the renewables revolution. Council-controlled Viking Energy and Scottish and Southern Energy are developing plans to erect 200 wind turbines, with a total output of 600 megawatts, on Shetland’s Lang Kames.
 
“An electricity grid connection to Shetland is being taken very seriously at the highest level,” said Aaron Priest, the principal development officer for Shetland Islands council.


Source: http://www.timesonline.co.u...

JUN 4 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/2924-islands-to-plug-green-energy
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